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Update: A Post Card from the University Press

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By , July 2, 2014 12:36 pm

stacks of booksAs an intern you may find yourself in new situations daily. Today, I entered an office littered with books from the floor up. I noticed an empty bookcase and binders scattered across the room. “What’s happened here?” I wondered.
My boss was in the process of rearranging the office with the goal being a consolidation of two offices and the transformation of the one into a break-slash-conference room. Luckily, I’m a handy-man if need be and was glad to provide a helping hand. This change of pace provided an opportunity to use physical energy in the office as opposed to the more cerebral energy necessary in this field. I think that my boss’s vision will be helpful in the long-run as all University Press members will be able to work among one another.
Another interesting interning experience happened to be our Podcast Experience. Personally, I’ve never recorded a podcast and time really seemed to zip by during the process. The cast of this podcast included me and the staff of the University Press, Corey, Heather, and April (The Managing Editor, The Project Editor, and The Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, & Poetry Editor, respectively).
Recording was fun and also informative. We discussed the growing popularity of Little Free Libraries.
I learn something new daily as an intern with the University Press and I am enjoying every moment of this experience.

DNA of a Successful Book: Info Graphic

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By , June 3, 2013 12:56 pm
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Link-N-Blogs: Feb 22

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By , February 22, 2013 5:21 pm

“The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”  –Carl Sagan

  1. 10 Books that should be Re-read: In high school, literature and reading was not nearly as important as junior prom. Publishers Weekly (PW) suggests a revisit to those books that were supposed to have an influence during the adolescent years, and re-read them to find out what knowledge was missed out on the first time.
  2. 23 Must Read Science Books: Science is no longer viewed as “boring.” Some nonfiction science books “are so exciting they read like genre fiction.” In this article, i09 lists the top science books that use rhetoric and figurative language to tell a page-turning story.
  3. The Importance of Libraries: Some people believe that “libraries have had their last day,” and that buying books from chain bookstores is the future of books. However Flavorwire has compiled a list of authors who beg to differ. See what writers such as Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Victor Hugo, and others have to say about the importance of libraries.
  4. Lawsuit over Sherlock Holmes: “It’s elementary, my dear Watson,” or maybe not. While Sherlock Holmes is considered to be public domain, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate insists on being paid licensing fees to use these classic characters. However PW writes that one author, who is also a lawyer, is taking the estate to court maintaining that Holmes and Watson are no longer protected under copyright laws.
  5. A Twist on Book Clubs: While books are usually accompanied with a bottle of wine, one Minneapolis entrepreneur has turned this concept into a place called Books and Bars. Here people come to discuss books, authors, and engage in intelligent conversation over a round of drinks. PW remarks on the 10-year-old business’s continued success which includes visits from authors and selling the current month’s book club book.

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ” –Kathleen Thompson Norris, from Hands Full of Living

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Oscar Nominated Book Adaptations

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By , January 30, 2013 7:23 pm

The 85th annual Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. While the films that are nominated are being recognized for their cinematic value, many of them were made into movies because of the writing found in their original novel form. Many movies have a screenplay that is based upon a novel. This year many of the movies being nominated for an Oscar were originally novels that have been made into movies for the silver screen. The comparisons between the books verses the movie is something that book lovers frequently discuss. The following are four popular films, which were based off of novels, nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Please note there may be spoilers featured in this post.

Life of Pi

One of the films nominated for Best Picture is Life of Pi. The original novel was written by Yann Martel and published in 2001. The story is about an Indian boy who is the survivor of a terrible shipwreck. His tale of survival shows him lost at sea in a boat with a tiger and three other animals as his companion. The film gives Pi a love interest, more than likely in order to appeal to more audiences.  The book is also more graphic than the PG rated film and shows Pi is better at taming the tiger than his character in the film. The ending of the book leads readers to choose whether or not the story is true or if the animals actually represented Pi’s family. The film leads audiences to believe that Pi did make up the story and that he used the animals as a coping mechanism.


The Warner Brothers film Argo, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Drama category, is also a book and was written by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio. The novel is the true story of Mendez’s rescue of American hostages in Iran. Mendez is a CIA operative who writes about the lesser-known facts of the mission. He disguised himself as a Hollywood reporter and went to Iran pretending to film a movie. While there, he was able to smuggle the captured Americans out of Iran. The movie stays fairly close to the original novel, but makes the rescue more dramatic than it is presented in the novel and it has more action scenes. There is of course more detail and insight into the minds of the characters on both sides within the novel. Ben Affleck, who many believe will win the Oscar for Best Director, directs and stars in the movie. He is also a producer, along with George Clooney.

Les Miserables

One movie that has generated Oscar buzz is Les Miserables, which is based off of the Broadway musical that was based off of Victor Hugo’s 1862 classic novel. The novel is a story of justice, law and punishment, social status, and redemption. The main character, Jean Valjean, is an ex burglar being pursued by Javert. The movie had to cut a lot of scenes in order to fit into their timeframe, yet was still able to capture the character’s emotions and personalities the way they were described in the original novel. The movie is a musical, and through lyrics and music the audience can be immersed in the similar emotions that they would by reading the book. The strong performances of the actors and the music take the audience to the place Hugo wanted them to go in his novel. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. Jackman and Hathaway already won Golden Globes for their roles and are both strong contenders to bring home Oscars. One of the most remarkable aspects of the success of this film is that it shows how relevant classic novels can still be in modern times.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for many Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), and Best Director (David O. Russell). It is also the first time a film has been nominated in all four acting categories since 1981. Jennifer Lawrence already won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her performance in this film, and is favored to win the Oscar as well. The movie is based on Matthew Quick’s novel that was released on September 2, 2008. Cooper plays the main character who returns to his childhood home after being in a hospital and has lost years worth of memories and is estranged from his wife. He meets Lawrence’s character, Tiffany, a widow who tells him she will act as a messenger between him and his wife if he will be her dance partner for an upcoming competition. Tiffany falls in love with him and admits that she wrote the letters to him from his wife and did so in order to help him find closure with his marriage. In the end, Pat realizes he loves and needs Tiffany also. The film stays fairly close to the main plot of the novel, but there are differences in the dialogue and the setup of many scenes. The ending is different in that Tiffany tells Pat that she wrote the letters in the novel, while in the film Pat figures out that she did and chases Tiffany after the competition to tell her. In the novel Tiffany is the first to profess her love, while in the movie Pat professes his love to her first. The movie portrays the characters as being stronger and more confident than they are in the book.  The book focuses more on Pat and the movie looks at Pat and Tiffany together. The film still stays true to focusing on the mental illnesses and troubles of the characters. The film is sure to take home at least one Oscar.

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Link-N-Blogs: Jan 11

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By , January 11, 2013 3:57 pm

“Whenever I open one of your emails it’s like you’re right there next to me, whispering your most personal computer virus into my hard drive.”–Benson Bruno

  1. A Novel’s Worth of Email: According to this article from The Atlantic, the average person writes a novel’s worth of emails in a year. If your job’s main form of communication is email, I can easily see this being the case—maybe even a few novels’ worth in some cases.
  2. Bestselling Books of 2012: Publisher’s Weekly has compiled a list of the bestselling books through both Amazon and Nielson sales reports. Check to see if your favorites made any of the lists!
  3. Most Anticipated books of 2013: Now that we’re done with 2012, time to look forward to the 2013 books! The Millions website has listed some of their most anticipated books. What releases are you looking forward to this year?
  4. Happy Meal Books: McDonalds in the UK has reached a deal with the National Literacy Trust to give away books as prizes in their Happy Meals instead of toys. Read the full article from The Guardian to find out more. Don’t you wish that McDonalds in the US were doing this as well?
  5. Notable Deaths: Finally, we end on a sad note. Publisher’s Weekly has released their list of the publishing industry’s notable deaths of 2012, which include author favorites Ray Bradbury, Maeve Binchy, and many more.

“I don’t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.”—Maeve Binchy


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